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Autumn Champion
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 30, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona ?- 2005: Finished the year hitting .331, with an on-base percentage of .400 ... Led the team with 13 sacrifice hits, after having 12 combined sacs in her first two years ... Her 14 stolen bases were second on the team ... Champion’s 54 career stolen bases are good for ninth on UA’s all-time list, five more swiped bags will place seventh on the list ... Perfect 52-of-52 in fielding attempts in 2005 ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII team ... Started all 57 games, and hit in the two spot in each contest ... WCWS (June 2-5): Singled and stole a base in the season-ending loss to Texas ... Super Regional (May 27-28): 4-for-9 in two wins over Oklahoma ... one of four Cats to lead the team with two runs scored in the two games ... Tucson Regional (May 20-22): Walked, stole a base, and scored a run in a 12-0 victory over Lehigh to open postseason play ... Went 5-for-6 in two home wins over Washington ... 2-for-2 with three runs scored in April 30 victory over No. 7 Oregon State ... In three games against in-state rival ASU, went 7-for-10 ... Went 18-for-37 (.486) during 10-game hitting streak from March 18-April 10 ... One game after hit streak was snapped, Champion began a new streak that lasted seven games ... Had four consecutive multi-hit games, all against ranked teams in the Kia Klassic ... Went two-for-three, with a stolen base, in a win against Louisiana Tech to begin a 10-game hitting streak on Feb. 26 ...  Stole a pair of bases in Pepsi Classic and had two sacrifice hits.


2004: Led the team with a .489 batting average, with 85 hits in 174 at-bats ... Left field starter for all 58 of her games played ... Hitting mostly in the two-spot, scored 48 runs and drove in 18 ... Went 26-for-29 in stolen bases, second on the team behind Caitlin Low e... Hit two doubles on the season, the first doubles of her career ... Led the team in on-base-percentage with a .531 mark ... Defensively had 42 putouts and outfield-high four assists in left field and finished the year with a .958 fielding percentage ... Also led the squad in Pac-10 hitting with an average of .455 with 30 hits in 66 at-bats ... Earned a spot on the NFCA first team All-America team for the second consecutive year ... Also made first team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region ... Moved to No. 4 on the UA single-season batting average chart ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 17 ... Had an 11-game hitting streak from Feb. 13-22, in which she went 23-for-36... Went 15-for-36 in a 10-game hitting streak from April 11 through May 2 ... Her injury came during the early games of the NCAA Regional and had a dampening effect on the Cats’ spark.


2003:  Started 59 games as a freshman... Batting average of .434 was second-best behind Lovie Jung ... Led the team and was fourth nationally with 89 hits, all singles, and drove in 17 ... Scored 51 runs and stole a team-leading 14 bases in 17 attempts ... Had a fielding percentage of .953, mainly in left field ... Hit .513 as the leadoff hitter and .471 with runners in scoring position ... Hit .333 in the NCAA tournament, with nine hits and three RBI ... Earned NFCA first-team All-America honors ... Named to the first-team All-Pacific-Region team ... Earned first-team honors in the Pac-10 and was named to the All-NCAA Region I team.


High School: Foothill High School, Tustin, Calif., 2002 ... Four-time letterwinner in softball ... Four-time Orange County All-District first-team selection ... Two-time first-team All-American ... League MVP in 2002 ... Team MVP 2002 ... Also lettered in volleyball.


Personal: Academic major is elementary education ... Enjoys working with children ... Career ambition is to teach ... Mother, Lisa, is a landscaper ... Has one older brother, Skyler ... Enjoys spending time with family and friends and relaxing with her dog, Stila ... Born Autumn Elizabeth Champion on Nov. 6, 1983.